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Jeanne SpechtFebruary 19th, 2020English 101Professor ByrneImitation BAnd oh, how strenuously, how whole-heartedly the people of Joy City devotethemselves to having a Good Time! The Good Times of Rome and Babylon, ofByzantiumand Alexandria were dull and dim and miserably restricted incomparison with the superlatively Good Time of modern California. The ancientworld was relatively poor; and it had known catastrophe. The wealth of Joy Cityis unprecedentedly enormous. Its light-hearted people are unaware of War orpestilence or famine or revolution, have never in their safe and still half emptyEldoradoknownanythingbutprosperouspeace,contentment,universalacceptance. The truest patriots, it may be, are those who pray for a nationalcalamity (Huxley 60).Wow, look at them, the infatuating and everlasting loyalty that today’sphone addicts possessfor their Screen Time! The Golden Age and the Age ofEnlightenment seem so futile andfaint and awfully constrictedwhen set againstthe major intellectual advancements provided by the creation of the iPhone. Theolden days were limited; and theyhad been denied the ability to blog abouttheir meals. The luxury ofSilicon Valleyisoverwhelmingly widespread. Itsblissfully-unsuspectingusers areblindto trains and cliffs and the peoplesurrounding them, and their faces hidden behind theirexceptionalandEducatingScreens allow them to steer clear of conceptual advancements, social interaction,and even conflict. People who live unattached to their electronic leashes, so itseems, may be the only ones who could survive a technological blackout in ourmodern society.In Aldous Huxley’s, “Los Angeles: A Rhapsody,” the wealthy people of LA discover thattheir sole purpose in life is to party, and Huxley makes witty remarks regarding the excitement ofmodern ignorance. His satire provides a less-than-glamorous alternative to the widely accepted1

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